A Special Place in Tilton
Park Conservation Area Gets a Face-Lift
Thanks to an Eagle Scout project proposed by John Swain, Buffalo
Park is getting a new look.
Swain's project involves building a
kiosk for trail maps and information, clearing overgrown trails,
removing dead limbs, and attaching name plates for the different
trails. He and his crew of friends,
family, and volunteers spent
the weekend of August 19 and 20 working make Buffalo Park even more
to all who helped.
A trail map and other rules can be
map for Buffalo Park
How To Cope with the Drought
New Hampshire has seen one of its driest summers in a long
time. Even when there has been a bit
of rain, the water either
absorbs too quickly or runs off. The results include smaller
berries, fruits that
drop before maturity, tomato blossom rot,
brown leaves, and lots of insect pests.
If you are watering your garden, do so in the early morning
or early evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.
mulch (bark, leaves, newspapers) to shield the soil from the sun and
add nutrients as the mulch decays.
Look into a drip hose watering system which uses less water
and is more concentrated.
Plant drought-resistant vegetables and shorter
season varieties. Layout your garden so that plants with similar
water requirements are grouped together. Focus on vegetables that
produce abundant crops like tomatoes and squash.
Consider buying a rain barrel that will collect water from a garage
or shed roof. Cooled cooking water can be used
instead of being
poured down the drain. After you clean the fishtank, the old water
will add nutrients to the soil.
Finally, be sure to control weeds in your garden since they are also
competing for water.
Simple Tips for Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer
Many fruits produce ethylene which is
gas that encourages ripening. Apples, ripe bananas, melons,
peaches, avocado, and tomatoes are some of the ethylene producers.
It is a good idea to keep them away from
fruits and vegetables
that are sensitive to ethylene so they will not decompose faster.
Don't refrigerate tomatoes, onions, potatoes, bananas,
avocado and melons in the refrigerator where
they may hasten
ripening in other fruits and veggies such as broccoli, cabbage,
carrots, chard, and peppers.
Putting an apple in a bag of potatoes will
keep the potatoes from sprouting.
Putting a green tomato in a paper bag with hasten its ripening
thanks to ethylene.